Eureka Springs Lemelson-MIT Inventors Thank Community and Supporters

   

Eureka Springs Lemelson-MIT Inventors Thank Community and Supporters
10/17/2011 8:23:20 AM

Eureka Springs High School InvenTeam wishes to thank everyone across the United States who helped them achieve an amazing year-long adventure in invention, math and science.

After months of building an invention prototype, working with community partners and mentors, and successfully completing the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam’s EurekaFest inventors’ activities in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Eureka Springs High School InvenTeam wishes to thank everyone across the United States who helped them achieve an amazing year-long adventure in invention, math and science.  Relatives, friends and project partners helped raise the funds that allowed the entire Eureka Springs InvenTeam to get to MIT.

Last October 2010, the Eureka Springs High School was awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant to create the LifeCane, an emergency alert device for the injured, lost or missing elderly.  This is the second time the Eureka Springs High School received this honor.  In 2005, they were the first Arkansas high school to be chosen as an InvenTeam.  InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Entering its eighth year, this initiative of the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.

During the summer of 2011, the Team made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students and members of the Program’s Inventors Club spent 4 exciting days in Cambridge presenting their prototype to MIT professors, students and alumni, as well as, members of the Boston business community.  The multi-day celebration empowered a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.  The Eureka Springs Team represented Arkansas well as they demonstrated excellent problem solving and analytical skills in computer programming, mechanical design, and engineering notebook; communicated and collaborated with other InvenTeam winners. 

The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes the outstanding inventors and innovators transforming our world, and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through innovation.  Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife, Dorothy, founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The foundation sparks, sustains, and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit. It supports projects in the United States and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social, and environmentally sustainable development. To date, The Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than $150 million in support of its mission. For more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, visit http://web.mit.edu/invent.

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